Colorectal cancer — cancer of the colon or rectum — is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the United States and the second most likely to be fatal. Most cases occur in adults over age 50, and if everyone 50 and older were screened annually, more than half of these deaths could be prevented according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Screening and prevention, must begin with awareness, however, which is why March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. Promoting it will be easy with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center:
Quick and Easy
- Color the Digestive Tract (page 4)
- The Digestive System. Can you trace the pathway of a piece of food? (page 11)
- Label the Digestive System
- Printables from LiveStrong at School:
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Basic Fact Sheet, Pruebas de detección de cáncer colorrectal from the CDC
- Colorectal Cancer Screening Saves Our Lives from the CDC
- Your Digestive System and How It Works, El aparato disgestivo y su funcionamientio from National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
- The Digestive System and Poop – books for children
- Colon Cancer and Digestive Health – books for adults
Reliable Online Information for Children:
- Your Digestive System from Discovery Kids
- What is Cancer? from Discovery Kids
- Digestive System from National Geographic
Reliable Online Information for Adults:
- Fight Colorectal Cancer: Colon Cancer 101, Frankly Speaking About Colorectal Cancer booklets, and Quarterly Newsletters
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Colorectal Cancer, Cáncer colorrectal
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Statistics
- MedlinePlus: Colorectal Cancer
- National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health: What You Need to Know About Cancer of the Colon and Rectum, Lo Que Usted Necesita Saber Sobre El Cáncer de Colon y Recto
The Emperor of all Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Simon & Shuster, 2010). Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction.
From the publisher: “The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.”
- About the Author
- Read an Excerpt
- Click to Look Inside!
- Reading Group Guide
- Video Trailer for the Book
- Author Blog
- A Timeline of Cancer
- Interview with Author
- New York Times Book Review
Women’s History Month: Eartha Kitt, a Legendary Women Killed by Colon Cancer
Born on a cotton plantation in South Carolina in 1927, Eartha Mae Kitt was the original diva. A legendary jazz singer, cabaret star, stage and screen actress, and human rights activist, she is probably most popularly remembered for her 1953 recording of “Santa Baby” and her role of Catwoman in the final season of the popular 1960′s Batman Series, where she shows off her trademark purr. She died at the age of 81 from colon cancer.
Remember Eartha Kitt at your library by introducing her to a new generation. She is a shining American success story, a versatile star who continued working until shortly before her death.
- Video clips and audio clips of Eartha Kitt singing .
- Video clip of her role as Catwoman.
- Popular movies and television shows featuring Eartha Kitt:
- Holes. In this movie, based on the popular children’s novel by Louis Sachar, Earth Kitt plays Madame Zeroni.
- “Once Upon a Time in Springfield” Simpsons, Season 21, Episode 10. Before she died, Eartha Kitt recorded a guest star role in this episode of the Simpsons which played almost a year after her death.
- The Emperor’s New Groove. In this Disney animated movie and the television series, The Emperor’s New School, Eartha Kitt plays Yzma
- Find your local CDC Colorectal Cancer Control Program (CCRP)
- Colorectal Cancer Research Roundable Speakers Bureau
- Screen for Life campaign from the CDC
- Public Service Announcement videos from the CDC featuring Terrance Howard, Diane Keaton, Morgan Freeman and more.
- Public Service Announcement radio spots and ready-to-use scripts
- Screen for Life CDC campaign print materials: posters, print ads, and postcards in English and Spanish
- Family PLZ campaign from the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (CRC)
- Blue Star/Public Education Tools and Resources from the CRC
Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:
Interactive Web Sites for Children and Teens
- Digestive System Photo Gallery from National Geographic
- Feed the System. Select the food to watch the digestive system in action from National Geographic
- Digestive System Anatomy from National Geographic
- Digestive System Animation from Discovery Fit & Health
- Your Digestive System including an interactive flash diagram and more from Kids Health
- The Digestive System from InnerBody
- Elephant Guts video from National Geographic (viewer discretion advised)
Interactive Web Sites for Adults
- Cleveland Clinic: Colon Cancer Quiz
- Fight Colorectal Cancer:
- My Colon Cancer Coach: Interactive information and treatment options for specific types of colon cancer
- Cancer Coach App: Colorectal cancer patients can track information, voice-record notes, find questions to ask doctors, and more with this free Android or iPhone app
- Online Support Community
- Library of free webinars
- MedlinePlus: Interactive Tutorial– Colon Cancer, Empezar Programa Interactivo – Cáncer de Colon
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Send a colorectal cancer awareness e-card.